Livingston Taylor will perform with the Saint Rose Orchestra.
ALBANY (September 8, 2016) — Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, the start of a more than 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching.
The College of Saint Rose proudly presents Livingston Taylor in concert with the Saint Rose Orchestra, sponsored by The BBL Charitable Foundation, Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m. on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.
Taylor will work with the College’s Music Department to perform backed by the Saint Rose Orchestra and conducted by Saint Rose professor David Bebe, giving the students professional experience and exposure to a renowned touring artist.
This concert is part of the Alumni and Family Weekend at Saint Rose.
Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in the very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. From Top 40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, Taylor’s creative output has continued unabated, creating well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. Taylor’s musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres – folk, pop, gospel, jazz – and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.
Taylor has never stopped performing since his early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
Taylor’s latest album, Blue Sky, released in 2014, is the third in a series of albums over the last decade that includes There You Are Again (2005) and Last Alaska Moon (2009). It completes a body of work that makes it clear that this artist is not slowing down.
A professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Taylor shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists who are just beginning to hone their skills. Naturally, his course is one of the most popular at Berklee, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. Taylor’s 2011 book, Stage Performance, is drawn from his classes.
ABOUT THE MASSRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Béla Fleck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.